12th January 2012 by Esther Pinn
Have you recently gone on an overseas mission trip? Or have you raised money during the Red Shield Appeal Doorknock? Or have you given to the Self-Denial Appeal?
Maybe you look at this list and say, “I’ve done all three”. Or maybe you’ve just done one or two. Either way these are great ways to get behind The Salvation Army and reach out to the wider community.
But these are all one off things. You can’t do them every day and they usually occur once a year or every couple of years. They are definitely classified in the “bigger” mission category.
Did you know there are everyday needs in your local community, family, friends and church groups? Have you found yourself asking, “What can I do on a everyday basis?”
Here are just a few everyday mission ideas you can use to reach out to your local community.
Is there a ministry or a church-run community project that you can get involved with? You don’t have to look far to find mission opportunities. If there is something in particular you are passionate about, and there is nothing happening at your church, then volunteer to run it.
Are you passionate about seeing the removal of trafficked women or eradicating poverty? Write a letter to the government and ask them to take theses issues more seriously and ask them to make a difference in these areas.
You can create awareness about an issue right in your local community. Education is an important part in contributing towards removing poverty or other issues from society. Host an awareness meeting a school during lunch or at youth group on a Friday night. Do your research, present your case and then ask for donations at the end of the meeting.
If you can’t afford to sponsor a child living in poverty every month, then how about giving a one-off gift? You could buy a goat, a chicken, a school desk or a mosquito net. Visit the SAID website to view their gift catalogue.
Your community is filled with people – family, friends, acquaintances, neighbours and strangers. Nearly everyday we come across people who are in need. Did you know simple acts of kindness can go a long way?
Give your mum a hug. Pray for your dad. Bake some cookies for your neighbour. Help the elderly lady walk across the road. Keep your eyes peeled for people in need.
Your words on Facebook and Twitter do count. What you say, what images and videos you post say a lot about who you are and what you believe. If you’re up for the challenge, how about writing some posts that reflect God?
While this may seem obvious, it’s actually really important. If you are not armed with the knowledge of God, it is much more difficult to witness. Put aside some time each day to read the Bible and become equipped for every evangelical situation you encounter.
If you don’t know the story of the Good Samaritan from the Bible, then here is a basic rundown. A Jewish man was attacked while travelling to Jericho – he was half dead beside the road. Both a Jewish Priest and Temple Assistant walked straight past the man and offered no compassion. A Samaritan also passed by but stopped for the Jewish man and offered him help (Jews and Samaritans didn’t really get along back then).
If you see someone in need of help, will you lend a hand?
Did you know your testimony is powerful? When you come across a situation where you have the opportunity to share about Jesus, don’t underestimate the power of your testimony.